Chicago, IL – Sometimes, in order to move forward, you have to go back. Back in the Day: A Moment in Time is a stage play written by author, playwright, and businessman Eugene Dillanado, where he chronicles a time in his life looked upon with great fondness. In response to popular demand, Dillanado has engaged the services of the actor and director Eugene Parker, to bring back the stage play. Back in the Day had its premiere debut to a sold-out crowd at the DuSable Museum in 2010.
Back in the Day is a 1960s Chicago theatrical soap opera about family relationships, friendships, courtships, and that old four letter word, L-O-V-E. It is about the ways that many of us learned the difference between love and that feeling of “true” love. It calls back the warm memories many of us felt when we were children, and the warm feelings from those days we can still hope to feel again.
Do not miss this hilarious but intense soap opera about how those with less money and education managed with mother wit, gospel, and old-school music to keep their children safe and their community strong. Join three families as the play strides back down memory lane, reliving their joys and struggles through the messages in the music of the 1960s. This will be time well spent, as the audience will laugh, sing, dance and even cry as the musicals spark memories of those days gone by, leaving that feeling of a good day at the theater that offers touching insights on life.
Music Director David Jones promises an afternoon of down-home gospel and blues. Eugene Dillanado is a 10-year veteran publisher who thrives to enable individuals and business to harness their collective powers to advance the community. Dillanado wrote this production to inspire others to remember the powerful contributions the parents of the past made to our current wellbeing. You may have seen the work of Eugene Parker, the director, in commercials and television series; as a DGA/SAG member, he has earned a solid reputation as a director, infusing his successful acting coupled with his staged visions of life in creative ways. The two Eugene’s have assembled an army of local talent to bring this play and musical to life: Cynthia Maddox, Bridgette Shorter, Pamela Williams, Audrey A.J. Fourte, Jameelah Houston, Nadirah and Troy Lugg, Robert North, Charlotte Smith, Christina Page, Mike Kenady, KC Lee, Shonda Williams, Marvin Jaee’, Shanon Harris, Arthur Barnes, Jr. and Rasheedah Cash.
The only thing that may be missing is you. Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. Come one, come all, and feel free to bring a crowd. This is a perfect opportunity for a fundraiser. Purchase 20 tickets or more at $15.00 each, and resell them for the admission price of $20.00.
What: Back in the Day, musical and stage play
When: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Where: Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep – school auditorium 250 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL
Time: 2:00 p.m. matinee, and a 2nd production, 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $20.00 in advance — $25.00 at the door
V.I.P. reception tickets are $35.00, which includes a reception before the show with appetizers and entrees
General admission is $20 and tickets can be purchased online in advance, or at the door. For information about vendor space or advertising opportunities in the program book, call 773-407-1470, Kenya Renee, the producer.